“Become an authentic, knowledgable and versatile teacher"
~ Sign up here for our info session: Friday, Dec 3rd 6:30-7:30PM online & in-person ~
Our Yoga Alliance accredited 200hr yoga and meditation teacher training program is detailed, systematic and experiential. NY Loves Yoga is not a one-style-fits-all yoga studio; we pride ourselves in offering various lineages —- the thread of commonality is our deep respect for the practice, the eight limbs of yoga, our expertise and commitment, and our 200hr teacher training reflects that.
Your lead teachers Gina Cunningham, Lucas Hall, MJ Watkins, Dennis Teston will take you through over 200 hours on the physical, philosophic and energetic components of yoga and meditation, while giving you plenty of hands-on teaching experience.
Each weekend includes in-depth yoga classes and lectures; philosophy and history to learn yogas deep roots; asana labs to break down the commonly used poses, anatomy and physiology to understand the interconnectedness of the our bodies; pranayama practices to harness your vital energy through the breath, and meditation to steady and restore clarity in the mind. We've included extra hours for 'teaching time', one-on-one mentorship, morning meditation practices, a public-class-card while in training and a track to teach Karma-Love community classes after graduation.
One thing is for sure, you will walk away with a deeper understanding and experience of yoga, armed with the tools to create and implement well rounded yoga and meditation classes. Read our FAQ's below!
* This training is also great for those students who have a regular yoga practice and want to deepen their knowledge, passion and understanding of yoga.
Truly remarkable experience. Despite being in the middle of a pandemic, NY Loves Yoga transitioned and adapted the training online as seamlessly as could be, and supported each and every one of us as we continued on this journey through wild times. I am honored to be part of the first graduating class of NY Loves Yoga - could not ask for a better group of teachers and trainees (or new teachers!) Namaste!
NY Loves Yoga provides an extremely supportive and nurturing environment for teacher training. They cultivated a compassionate community where everyone was encouraged to learn and grow individually and as a group. And all of this was done during a pandemic, no less! I'm so glad I chose to do my training with NY Loves Yoga - it was truly a transformative experience.
I'm just writing to say THANK YOU… for everything that teacher training was (and will continue to be). It was such a fantastic experience and I am glad it was available to us even through this strange year!
I have so much respect, admiration, and gratitude for the teachers who ran this teacher training program. The curriculum was developed with great care, and I truly felt like I was getting a level of knowledge about movement and the body that I would not have gotten in other teacher courses. It's a well-rounded teacher training that has a great deal of integrity in its anatomy and movement content while also instilling spiritual and philosophical yogic wisdom.
Dates & Times
Sign up here for our info session: Friday, Dec 3rd 6:30-7:30PM online & in-person
Weekend Sessions, held every 3 weeks
Morning Meditation Practices
February 7- March 18, 7:45-8:15 (Live on Zoom)*
* Please note, there are no make-up classes/sessions. You must attend all sessions to
receive your certification. Morning meditation classes will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. Days you can not attend must be stated before and approved before the training commences.
Location & Contact
NY Loves Yoga. 140 W 83rd Street, Garden Level, NYC
Further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
$3600 ($3400 before Dec 14)
Payment plan available
Application Form & Payment
Apply Here (must apply before purchase)
Your Teaching Faculty
Gina Cunningham: Lead Teacher, Yoga Anatomy and Physiology, Sequencing & Asana Labs
Lucas Hall: Lead Teacher, Prana, Pranayama, Meditation, The Subtle Body & Finding your Voice
MJ Watkins: Mentor, Energy, Somatics, The Business of Yoga & Ethics
Dennis Teston: Yoga History, Philosophy & Dharma
Q. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT BECOMING A YOGA TEACHER?
A. We are inspired you're interested in joining our program. It's our goal for it to be an in-depth, fun and ENLIGHTENING journey. By the end of our training, you will have the knowledge and skills to guide students through a well-rounded and powerful yoga experience!
Q. I WANT TO GO DEEPER IN MY PRACTICE, HOW DO I DO THAT?
A. That's great. Our 200-hour yoga and meditation teacher training is also ideal for those who want to dive deeper into the study of yoga and to improve their practice. You can’t get these teachings from books alone. Go to the source and dive deep into the technical and philosophical knowledge from teachers who are living it!
Q. WHAT ‘STYLE OF YOGA’ IS THE NY LOVES YOGA & MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING?
A. NY Loves Yoga is not a one size fits all studio or teacher training. We pride ourselves on our diversity of styles and approaches. You could say we're a hatha vinyasa, meditation, somatic and restorative studio. We teach YOGA in all its beauty. The commonality that threads through our training is our commitment to the eight limbs of yoga Our training reflects versatility and authenticity. You will come out of our training with a solid foundation and deeper understanding of your practice. #itísNotJustMovement.
Q. HOW ‘GOOD’ DO I HAVE TO BE AT YOGA TO ATTEND?
A. When you love yoga are curious about fine tuning your practice and have a desire to share wellness, then yoga is already within you. However, we recommend you have a minimum of 6 months to one-year consistent yoga practice before enrolling. We want to ensure that everyone has basic yoga knowledge and can handle themselves safely in class. You DO NOT have to have a one-handed handstand to partake ;)
Q. HOW WILL YOU TEACH ME SO I’M CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO TEACH?
A. That’s where dedication, patience and experience come in. Our training is systematic and detailed; we have included additional time concentrating on how to teach. Our faculty have gone through many trainings, workshops and certifications. We are devoted to sharing our wisdom and technical skills making sure you have teaching scripts and detailed class blueprints; by the end of the training, you've worked through your fear and lack of confidence. We get it!
Q. WILL I BE QUALIFIED TO TEACH YOGA ONCE I COMPLETE THE 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM?
A. Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework, etc, you will receive your Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification from NYLY. Then you can register with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). Graduates of the 200-Hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc.
Q. WHAT IS THE YOGA ALLIANCE?
A. Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings in the US. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200-Hour or 500-Hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently, there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher. The NY Loves Yoga are approved at the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour and 500-Hour level in the United States.
Q. IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE TO ATTEND?
A. You must be at least 16 years old to take the teacher training. If you are between 16 and 18 years, it is required that we receive written consent from your legal guardian 30 days before the start of the training. Yes, you can attend!
Q. I HAVE AN INJURY, CAN I ATTEND?
A. We recommend that you check with your physician first and must sign a waiver stating that you are able to take the class.
Q. I’M PREGNANT? CAN I ATTEND?
A. All students should first check with their doctor to make sure they are clear to take this training.
Q. THERE’S SO MANY TEACHER TRAININGS, WHY YOURS?
A. We waited until we had a comprehensive curriculum, master teachers in place and a knowledge that comes from tried and true experience-- not just as teachers but owning and running a yoga studio with thousands of classes taught and voices listened to. Have you noticed we have 4.8 out of 5 stars on ClassPass with 26,397 reviews and counting. We’ve dedicated extra hours to “teaching time”, and “developing your own style” - We want to make sure you feel confident and authentic. We designed our curriculum with that goal in mind.
Q. CAN I PRACTICE DURING THE TRAINING?
A. When you enroll for in our 200-Hour program at a NY Loves Yoga, you will be gifted a 20-class card to be used within the training period.
Q. WHATS THE MAX NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN EACH TEACHER TRAINING?
A. Max 20 students. Isn't that fun. Enough room for everyone!
Q. WHAT TYPES OF SUBJECTS ARE COVERED IN YOUR TEACHER TRAINING?
A. So many - You'll find this whole ancient tradition to be quite juicy! We have so much to tell you!
The History and Philosophy of Yoga - We break it down to make it attainable and relatable
Asana and Alignment - Learn safe ways to perform and sequence a class for different results and levels
Anatomy & Physiology - Learn how your body works, and how all the systems work together The subtle body - Learn how to access, utilize and balance your energy centers
Meditation - how to guide people through meditations
Pranayama - learn various breathing techniques
Teaching Time - We give extra time to practice your teaching, both in small groups and partners
Developing your authentic voice and style - Developing your pace, volume and tone will give you the confidence you need to deliver instruct your class
Q. WHAT ARE THE NY LOVES YOGA 200-HOUR GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS?
A. In order to graduate from the program, you must fulfill the following requirements and have paid in full.
Attendance of in-studio weekend sessions and morning meditation sessions (Morning meditation can be viewed on demand, with prior consent)
Successful completion of homework, quizzes, in-class and take-home final exam
Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum?
Completion of class taking requirement
Q. ARE THERE ANY MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRAININGS?
A. Yes. All NY Loves Yoga Teacher Training material and handouts are included, but you will need to purchase additional required books.
The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice ~ Deborah Adele
The Tree of Yoga (Shambala Classics) ~ BKS Iyengar
The Heart of Yoga ~ TKV Desikachar
Chakra Yoga ~ Anode Judith
Yoga Anatomy ~ Leslie Kaninoff & Amy Matthews
Q. IN ADDITION TO CLASS TIME, WHAT ELSE IS REQUIRED?
A. A few extra requirements, yes. All must be completed before completion
Observe and write up five classes
Assist and write up five classes
Attend 20 classes with mentors/teaching staff and write up each class
There may be some homework/reading 1-2 hours max per weekend
Q. WILL I BE ABLE TO TEACH AT NY LOVES YOGA AFTER I GRADUATE?
A. We will give you many opportunities before anyone from outside of our training to audition, sub, teach community classes, assist in classes and get mentored to give you as many possibilities toward your desire.
We cannot guarantee a teaching position until you're ready under the guidelines of being a yoga alliance certified teacher and NYLY ready. We want you to succeed and flourish!
Q. WHAT IS THE 200-HOUR ATTENDANCE AND CLASS MAKE-UP POLICY?
A. We require that you complete all required hours of the teacher training.
Q. WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?
A. If you cancel 30 days or more before the start of the program, you will forfeit $640 of your payment and the remaining balance will be refunded. These fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you cancel within 30 days before the start of the program or do not attend the program, the entire program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Once the program begins the program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Q. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM?
A. You can now sign up online, nice and easy. NYLOVESYOGA.COM
Full payment is required one month before the start of the program unless a payment plan has been previously arranged. Payment plans are available.
This was my first yoga teacher training, and it was rigorous, kind, and thorough. We were challenged by the teachings and by the teachers who all believed in us and supported us throughout the course. The program pacing, while serious, was also achievable. I learned so much about yoga, and also about myself. Yoga is a profound lineage and the eight limbs of yoga create a greater whole than any one aspect does on its own. NY Loves Yoga prepared us well for the beginning of our journey into teaching yoga. I am so grateful to have been part of it. If you want a master class in yoga for your own practice, or have thoughts of becoming a teacher yourself, this school will deepen all of you, including your practice
Great training program, with a wonderful group of teachers, I'd definitely recommend. Anatomy in particular is very thorough. The program was detailed and I felt supported throughout, the environment was conducive to learning. I'm so glad I chose NY Loves Yoga TT as my training program.